Ivan Mikoyan

Ivan Mikoyan
Native name Вано Анастасович Микоян
Born Vano Anastasovich Mikoyan
(1927-09-01)September 1, 1927
Moscow, USSR
Died November 24, 2016(2016-11-24) (aged 89)
Moscow, Russia
Education Aviation Technical School in Stalinabad
Zhukovsky Air Force Engineering Academy
Parent(s) Anastas Mikoyan
Ashkhen Lazarevna Tumanyan

Engineering career

Employer(s) Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG
Projects MiG-21
Awards Order of the Badge of Honour 1965
Order of the October Revolution 1974
USSR State Prize 1981, 1988 [1]

Vano "Ivan" Anastasovich Mikoyan (September 1, 1927 – November 24, 2016) was a Soviet Armenian aircraft designer, nephew of designer Artem Mikoyan.[2] In 1944-1945, he studied at the Aviation Technical School in Stalinabad, then graduated from the Zhukovsky Air Force Engineering Academy. From 1953 he worked in OKB Mikoyan as assistant chief engineer, chief engineer for flight tests, and as the leading designer for MiG-21 family of fighter aircraft. In 1965 he was appointed as the lead designer on the MiG-23 fighter aircraft, and the technical director of joint state tests after 1968. Starting in 1973, Ivan was deputy chief designer for the MiG-29 fighter aircraft. Later, he was an adviser for Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG.[1]

Ivan was placed in charge of two OKB Mikoyan projects studying STOL fighter designs. One group studied of the swing-wing design (like the MiG-23) and the other delta wings (like the MiG-21) and lift jets instead of the swing wing.[3]

As a teenager, Ivan was connected to a high profile murder-suicide case. His Walther pistol was borrowed and used by Volodia Shakhurin, son of the Aviation Minister, to kill himself and Nina Umanskaia, daughter of the Soviet ambassador to Mexico, when Nina refused Volodia's request that she stay in Moscow.[4] The event took place on Moscow's Stone Bridge.

Honours and awards

Some of his awards and honours include:[1]


  1. 1 2 3 "Памяти Вано Анастасовича Микояна". UAC Russia. November 25, 2016. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  2. "Famous Russian aircraft designer, co-creator of the MiG-29 fighter jet Ivan Mikoyan has died aged 89, Russian Rossiya-24 TV channel reports". Sputnik International. November 25, 2016. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  3. "The Experimental STOL Demonstrator That Fooled NATO". Tails Through Time. November 10, 2010. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  4. "Beyond Memory: Silence and the Aesthetics of Remembrance". Alexandre Dessingué, Jay M. Winter. August 14, 2015. Retrieved November 28, 2016.

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